Transgression, affect and performance: choreographing a politics of urban space

  1. Lookup NU author(s)
  2. Professor Elaine Campbell
Author(s)Campbell E
Publication type Article
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
ISSN (print)0007-0955
ISSN (electronic)1464-3529
Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.
Cultural criminological scholarship has impressively theorised and explored the cultural complexities, negotiated meanings, and experiential immediacy of urban crime and its spatialising effects. Nonetheless, this important work tends to gloss over the political dynamics of spatial contestation, and assumes an urban politics which is relatively fixed and static, and is locked into a dichotomy of control and resistance. This obscures the heterogeneity of political relationalities at the interstices of crime and ‘the urban’. In this paper, I develop a more nuanced account of the transgressive, affective and performative power of crime; using an offence of ‘outraging public decency’ as a case study, I delineate some of the myriad ways in which crime continually reconfigures the political co-ordinates of ‘the urban’.
PublisherOxford University Press
Actions    Link to this publication